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Today web analytics giant Omniture said it would start tracking video, joining video-focused startups like Visible Measures and TubeMogul as well as leading research firms comScore and Nielsen. Omniture’s announcement gives us a good reason to round up a few up-and-coming video analytics startups we’ve run […] Read more »

Thankfully, I’m an early riser, so getting up at 5:30 a.m. today to do an interview with NPR’s Bryant Park Project wasn’t too tough. The show was looking for tips on where to find good webisodic entertainment, so I pointed them to a few standards their […] Read more »

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Flash Not Good Enough for iPhone? Apple CEO says his device needs something much better and faster than Adobe’s current offering. (Dow Jones) ManiaTV Raises $5.5 Million; Series C round led by DAG Ventures along with return backers Benchmark Capital, Centennial Ventures and Intel Capital. (PE […] Read more »

Though the adoption of embedded media such as Adobe Flash and video players lets companies engage their visitors, it also eliminates the visibility into online activity that site operators have traditionally enjoyed. To meet that need, a raft of new companies like TubeMogul and Visible Measures […] Read more »

Generate, a talent management and production startup focused on online video, has raised $6 million from Velocity Interactive Group and MK Capital. The two-year-old company, which was previously self-funded, has an impressive roster of web stars signed, among them the Blame Society (Chad Vader), Clark Duke […] Read more »

The commercials-as-content site Firebrand will be shut down, The New York Times reports, as major investors decided to stop funding the project. The site launched in November and was backed by companies including NBC, Microsoft, and Ion Television, which carried a televised version of the show. […] Read more »

Skyrider, a commercial peer-to-peer startup, has taken a bridge round of financing and undergone an executive shakeup. CEO Ed Kozel has given up his role to co-founder Ori Cohen, and COO Katie Mitic (formerly VP of marketing) has left the company. Mountain View-based Skyrider has raised […] Read more »

Independent music site Pitchfork will launch an online music TV channel on April 7, opening up an entirely new medium with which they can use to look down on you. Pitchfork.tv will showcase underground shows, full concerts, interviews and “the most carefully curated selection of music […] Read more »

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If you’re a political junkie, then tonight is your Super Bowl: Obama vs. Clinton in what could be the final showdown. Coverage starts around 4 p.m. PT, so if you’re stuck at the office (and if your company hasn’t blocked YouTube), here’s how to get your […] Read more »

SpotRunner and Break.com Make Acquisitions; SpotRunner buys Weblistic, an online marketing services firm for local businesses; Break.com reportedly absorbs business media blog “Wall Street Fighter.” (SpotRunner: emailed release; Break.com: paidContent) Mochila and Broadcast Interactive Team Up to Distribute Content; pact will deliver text, photo and video […] Read more »

Now that online video has made lunchtime the new prime time, companies fear a drop in productivity as they watch their bandwidth costs soar. So they’re taking matters into their own hands, according to The Wall Street Journal, and blocking sites like YouTube. But is dropping […] Read more »

VideoEgg sent around a note to some of its publisher partners yesterday saying they had 90 days to store their video assets somewhere else. Silicon Alley Insider printed a copy, which explained the company is now focused on “video and rich media monetization,” a.k.a. its ad […] Read more »

Nokia has signed up to use Microsoft’s Silverlight platform for its S60 and S40 mobile devices as well as its Nokia Internet tablets, marking the first mobile win for the Redmond giant’s rich media development framework. This follows announcements last year of Silverlight support for Linux […] Read more »

What’s up with the Hulu clones? TV Paradise, the site created by an anonymous French guy so people outside the U.S. could watch Hulu, has vanished and a similar effort called OPENhulu has fallen behind in updating its site with new content. We weren’t able to […] Read more »

eMarketer predicts that 52.5 percent of all Americans (154 million people) will watch online video in 2008 and 80 percent of U.S. Internet users will watch an online video at least once a month this year as well. The audience for online videos is expected to […] Read more »

On Friday night, YouTube user FFABT (it stands for Foundation for a Better Tomorrow, which doesn’t appear to be any kind of organized body on record) uploaded a clip to the site called Jack and Hill. It strings together scenes from films starring on-the-record Hillary Clinton […] Read more »

Next Two Years Will Be Tough for TV Ads; Screen Digest predicts a slump in 2008 and 2009 as more ad money is spent online, where revenues are predicted to grow 17 percent every year until 2012. (Screen Digest (PDF)) FastCompany Launches Video Site; FastCompany.tv kicks […] Read more »

AllPeers, a personal P2P file-sharing startup based in Oxford, England, is down for the count. The personal P2P file-sharing space is a crowded one; not many companies can claim success. AllPeers tried to get traction by going open source back in March 2007, but that failed […] Read more »

Online TV guide startup MeeVee has made significant layoffs and parted ways with its CEO, we’ve confirmed. An unnamed source identified as a laid-off former employee was quoted by Mashable, which first reported the development on Friday, as saying the company is seeking to reduce its […] Read more »

The New York Times has a piece today about former Disney head Michael Eisner, and how he’s remaking himself as a new media mogul. But from the article, it seems like Eisner is doing so through some decidedly old media means. After the mild success of […] Read more »

Talent agency William Morris, venture capital firms Accel Partners and Venrock, and AT&T are teaming up to invest in digital media startups. They’re launching a new fund, which was first mentioned by peHUB last week and reported in detail by the New York Times last night. […] Read more »

The TV networks look like they’re altering the Postal Service’s motto to “neither writer’s strike nor recession nor diminishing audiences will keep us from making money at this year’s upfronts.” According to The Wall Street Journal, networks, and even ad buyers are anticipating a stronger year […] Read more »

Dancejam, MC Hammer’s YouTube for dance site is now open to the public. If you’ve always believed your motorcycle dance was better than anyone else’s, now’s the time to fire up that webcam to prove it. Upload a video to share your moves with the world, […] Read more »

Want to try out the new YouTube personalized homepage? Go to this link to opt in, even if you’re not part of the chosen test group. Reactions on the YouTube Blog post last night have been less than favorable, but hey, YouTube commenters are not known […] Read more »

With the official branding of Intel’s ultra-mobile processor (codenamed Silverthorne) being revealed on Monday, I figured it was a good time to corner Donald MacDonald (yes, that’s his real name), the company’s vice-president of sales and marketing for a quick interview. He was speaking at the […] Read more »

NBC Universal filed comments with the FCC this week that side with Comcast on BitTorrent blocking. The company opposes Net Neutrality regulations because it wants ISPs to filter out copyrighted content, and it seems to be willing to blame P2P for all the bad things in […] Read more »

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial…”Has this ever happened to you?” You set your Comcast DVR to record only new episodes of your favorite TV series, but it winds up recording every…single…showing, including all repeats? The problem is especially bad with a show like […] Read more »

Actors Guild Preps for Negotiations; new media expected to play a big role as formal talks with the studios set to begin sometime after March 31. (The Wall Street Journal) Veoh to Raise Another $40 Million?; Silicon Alley Insiders hears the video company is trying to […] Read more »

Following last week’s move by Dailymotion to bring high-definition video to the Web, MySpaceTV is launching an HD video player for the social network with a trailer for Iron Man. The trailer for the Marvel movie starring Robert Downey Jr. as the comic book hero, can […] Read more »

Now that professional writers are done protesting the web, will they flock to it? In this quick video interview, Patric Verrone, president of the Writers Guild of America West, tells us which parts of the new WGA contract the Guild is happy about, what new web […] Read more »

YouTube will support live video before the end of this year, co-founder Steve Chen told Pop17 videoblogger Sarah Meyers. Check out the clip: The background party music is thumping, so here’s a transcript: Meyers: “When are you guys gonna do live video on YouTube?” Chen: “2008. […] Read more »

In what could prove a great test case of marketing effectiveness, the Obama campaign purchased premium ad space on 26 locally oriented web sites in Texas and Ohio ahead of the states’ primaries on March 4th. And in a first, the Flash-powered “sliding billboard” ads include […] Read more »

In the last day we’ve heard of two more web video projects from established Hollywood talent. Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy is making a web show for Google, and actress Justine Bateman (Family Ties), writer and producer Jill Kushner (The Ellen DeGeneres Show), Peter Murrieta (Wizards […] Read more »

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